Economic Security & Opportunity

How to insure the uninsured

January 29, 2007. An op ed by David Dyssegaard Kallick. Crains.(read more)

Like hospitals, insurance system is also in crisis

January 29, 2007. An op ed by David Dyssegaard Kallick. Buffalo News.(read more)

How to Reduce the Pressure on the Property Tax and Ease the Fiscal Burden on Struggling Local Governments

January 10, 2007. The four-part plan supported by FPI: implement a statewide solution to CFE; increase state’s share of Medicaid and base counties’ shares on ability to pay; restore commitment to revenue sharing; and eliminate the significant disparities in the STAR program. Prepared for the Center on Governmental Research conference on reforming property taxes in New York.… (read more)

Increasing access to food stamps would boost the New York City Economy

October 17, 2006. Currently, the flow of federal food stamps into New York City – about $1.4 billion annually to nearly 1.1 million people at an average benefit of $110 per person per month – supports 9,600 jobs and $850 million of annual economic activity. This issue of Fiscal Policy Note$ finds that if access to the program were expanded so that all those eligible were participating, food stamp spending would increase by $355 million. This spending would create 2,300 … (read more)

New York Makes Real Progress on Health Care Coverage

September 27, 2006. This issue of Fiscal Policy Note$ presents data showing that the portion of the state population without health insurance has fallen from 16.3% in 2000 to 13.5% in 2005. Nevertheless, there are still 2.6 million people in the state who have no health insurance. The share of private sector employees covered by health insurance continued to fall while the portion of the population covered by government programs in New York rose from 27% to 31%. Press release … (read more)

Poverty in New York Fails to Decline Despite Four Years of Economic “Growth”

August 29, 2006. New data suggests the need to reinvigorate efforts to combat poverty: FPI’s analysis of the new poverty, income and health insurance data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Press release with supporting tables >>(read more)

Time to trim pensions of city workers?

June 11, 2006. Point/counterpoint on public pension policy in the New York Daily News.

No.  Municipal workers deserve a decent retirement. By James A. Parrott, Fiscal Policy Institute

While Mayor Bloomberg is taking a prudent step in establishing a retiree health trust fund, he has taken a wrong turn in seeking to reduce pension benefits for newly hired city workers.

Many large corporations, from United Airlines to Delphi to IBM, have destroyed or diluted the promises they made to … (read more)

Regulating the Financial Sector in New York: Have the Activities of the State Attorney General Been Good or Bad for the Industry?

May 2006. Full Report >>

Executive Summary

Following the bursting of the “dot-com” and stock market bubbles of the late 1990s, and several widely publicized corporate-finance scandals, new federal regulations were put into place, most notably the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. At the State level, local regulatory institutions also focused new attention on the financial-services sector. In particular, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) of New York State has been extremely active in investigating various financial-services firms in New York. These … (read more)

$90 million in TANF Funds Trapped in Budget Limbo

May 24, 2006. Advocates call upon Governor to adopt legislature’s bi-partisan agreement on TANF Funds. Press release below. Also see attachments: The Allocation of the New York’s TANF Block Grant Funds for 2006-07 and Flexible Fund for Family Services allocations by county.

Assemblymember Deborah Glick and Advocates for Low-Income New Yorkers held a press conference today at the Legislative Office Building to urge Governor Pataki to stop playing politics with federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) block grant … (read more)

New York State’s Dual Crises: Low Graduation Rates and Rising School Taxes

May 18, 2006. A new report issued by the Public Policy and Education Fund of New York with the assistance of the Fiscal Policy Institute.… (read more)